diplomatic relations with zimbabwe. he also attended the funeral of pope john paul ii and beatification ceremonies in 2011, despite being accused of ordering the torture, beating, maiming, and poisoning of thousands. the vatican says no country, including zimbabwe, get a formal invite, but all nations were informed the event is taking place. >>> it was hard to imagine the situation in syria could get worse, but then it did. within the past hour, there have been reports at the only presidential palace. and earlier today, the state department confirmed the syrian regeem is using fighter jets to fire rockets into neighboring lebanon. while there have not been any reports of injuries, it does raise concerns that the violence could spread throughout the region. u.s. allies like britain and france are signaling they want to lift an arms embargo in order to start arming the rebels to fight the regime, and today, secretary of state john kerry said the u.s. will not change in their way. the change of heart is likely linked to concerns that jihadists supporting the regime could get too powerful.